If you have been following along, by now you should have a blog of your very own. You’ve probably spent some time coming up with the perfect name and choosing the right theme. Your blog is ready to go, you have a nice cup of tea, and that empty post window is staring you in the face.
What are you going to write about? Feeling like you have writer’s block before you’ve even begun? Fear Not!
First, ask yourself who your target audience is. Are you writing a blog specifically for Mothers of Twins, Fellow Photography Nuts, or Fans of British Music? Perhaps you are planning a personal blog full of wry observations for the world at large. Is your blog specifically a marketing tool for your business?
Whatever the topic, if you are starting out and aren’t sure where to begin, find some other blogs on the same topic and see what they are doing. No, I’m not saying go out there and steal ideas or plagarize, but you’d be suprised how often seeing what other folks are doing might spark a whole new idea of your own. You can find other blogs a couple of different ways, but generally I like to use blog search engines like Google Blog Search and Technorati.
If you don’t have the time to do some blog surfing when you are stuck for an topic, here are a few ideas for you to ponder.
* Do you have any of your essays/craft projects/report cards from your school days? That should give you enough fodder to keep you going for days. Scan them and post them. Discuss the notes your teacher left.
* Do you have some interesting photographs? Post them. Blog posts that include pictures are statistically much more popular than mere text.
* Find a topic appropriate YouTube/Google video and talk about it. This one is especially good for days when you don’t have much time to post.
* What would you do if you ran the world, or at least the governing body for your topic? What would you change?
Do you find that you have all kinds of ideas for blog posts…until you actually sit down in front of the computer? Unless you are better than I am at keeping track of little pieces of paper, get yourself a wee notebook and a pen. Start carrying them with you everywhere. I cannot emphasize this enough. There is nothing more disheartening than losing a good idea.
Is your problem not a lack of ideas, but rather so many that you don’t know where to start? Get yourself a notebook and pen, and write them all down. I find that it’s much easier to manage an overabundance of ideas when I can see what I’m dealing with. Then, choose the one that interests you most and get started. If something else occurs to you as you are going along, simply add it to the list.
I hope that this post has helped you get started. Remember, no one is interested in what you had for lunch…unless you are writing a food blog and are prepared to discuss it in an interesting way (and include lovely photos.) Now get out there and start writing.